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The Health Benefits of Eating Popcorn

The idea that every food that isn’t some sort of lean meat, fresh fruit or green, leafy vegetable is bad for your health is a common misnomer. Some foods that may appear to be unhealthy or lack the proper nutrients our bodies require are actually quite the opposite.

For instance, one prime example that comes to mind in this case is popcorn. We tend associate popcorn with all other junk foods that are bad for us, and this probably has something to do with the fact that we eat it alongside candy and soda every time we go to the movies. However, popcorn actually contains three different sources of good nutritional value that our bodies can use on an everyday basis.

First, popcorn contains whole grains. Whole grains are important to our body because they are comprised of three different parts, the germ, the bran and the endosperm. The germ contains healthy oils, vitamin E, protein and B vitamins. The bran is where you’ll find most of the fiber in whole grains. This also houses B vitamins, minerals, protein and antioxidants as well. Finally, the endosperm is primarily composed of some starch, protein and a bit of fiber as well.

Although you receive all the above nutritional benefits from popcorn, the most important one of them all is the dietary fiber. Each woman should consume about 25 grams of fiber a day, and men 38 grams. Instead, most men and women consume only about half of the recommended value each day. So, if you want to help lower your risk of cardiovascular disease, reduce blood cholesterol and lower your risk of Type 2 Diabetes, then start eating more fiber and popcorn just might be the answer to that.

If you’re looking for a way to spruce up an event you’re planning this summer, then consider renting popcorn concession equipment.

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Popcorn Machine Rentals for School Events

What kind of memory does the aroma of popcorn elicit in you? Are you suddenly 10 years old in a dark movie theatre with your parents? Are you sitting on your sofa watching TV? Who among us can’t admit to loving the buttery, salty goodness of a box of popcorn, famously foreshadowed by that blissful scent?

Popcorn is an intrinsic part of almost everyone’s life. We eat it when we go to the movies and watch television, and these days it is considered to be one of the healthiest snacks available. It stands to reason then, that when planning a school event and wondering what kinds of foods to make available, popcorn would come to mind. Renting a popcorn machine for your event is easy, budget friendly, and the results can be very profitable.

Whether the event is a fundraiser, a sporting event, a dance, or a school fair, popcorn will always be one of the most popular choices for the attendees. Having a popcorn machine at your special event will ensure long lines and lots of busy munching. Popcorn is reminiscent of childhood and fun-filled days, and kids and grown-ups alike love to eat it. Plus, like we said before, no one can resist that powerful aroma. It’s almost unfair!

Also, let us not forget that popcorn is a healthy snack, especially when compare with some of your other options. It has no sugar but it does have plenty of fiber, and it’s filling while being low in calories. It can provide energy without being a stimulant. You can put it into interesting, event-themed containers for guests to carry around with ease. If you think popcorn is too bland for the kids, consider the variety of flavors – and the list is endless – that can ensure there will be a type of popcorn for everyone’s taste.

Renting a popcorn machine for your school’s event just makes good sense. It is a wonderful way to provide a snack that is not only healthy, but also says, “Let’s celebrate!” Contact Miracle Strip Popcorn and Concession Supply for all your popcorn machine needs!

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Popcorn: An Unexpected Source of Antioxidants

With healthy living being all the rage these days, it is often difficult to find a snack that is not only healthy, but enjoyable as well. Well, we have some news for you. Popcorn is a healthy snack! We know that it is of popular knowledge that air popped popcorn is a low calorie snack, but did you know that there are health benefits of popcorn in general? In fact, popcorn has high levels of concentrated antioxidants, according to an article from Daily Mail.

So what exactly are antioxidants, you ask? Well, antioxidants are “substances that may protect your cells against the effects of free radicals. Free radicals are molecules produced when your body breaks down food, or by environmental exposures like tobacco smoke and radiation.” Free radicals can damage your body’s cells and can take part in causing heart disease, cancer and other diseases. (Source: Medicine Plus)

Surprisingly, research has shown that just one serving of popcorn has about 300mg of antioxidants. To put that into perspective for you, a serving of fruit contains about 160mg of antioxidants. I know what you are thinking, and no, we cannot replace fruits and veggies for popcorn, although that would be delicious!

Unfortunately, popcorn does not contain the necessary vitamins and mineral our bodies need. For now, we will have to settle with popcorn as the perfect snack option. Not bad if you ask me!

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